Heavyweight Crew 3rd at ConnecticutBy Nate Crosswhite
Last Sunday the varsity heavyweight crew participated in the Head of the Connecticut Regatta in Middletown, Conn. A four with coxswain was entered in the Open Four event, and the boat placed third with a time of 24 minutes, 23.8 seconds.
The first place crew was from Fordham University, coming in at 24:06.8, and second place was from Northeastern University at 24:17.9. The regatta was a head-style race in which the boats are staggered at the start, and race against time. The MIT boat passed eight boats over the course of the race, and beat entries from Dartmouth College, Brown University, and Boston University by time.
Captain Jeff Tomasi '95, Lorin Theiss G, Toby Ayer '96, captain Nate Crosswhite '95, and coxswain Peter Yao '95 made up the boat that took bronze in the grueling 3.5 mile race. Despite delays of over an hour and rough conditions, the MIT crew enjoyed the experience.
Yao said after the race, "I felt it was one of our best and longest races all fall, but after passing so many crews, about eight of them, and coming ahead of Dartmouth, Brown, and BU boats, I find it hard to believe we lost to Fordham. Still, it was a very promising race, and hopefully, we will get a chance to race Fordham again in the spring."
This is the first year that MIT has entered the Head of the Connecticut Regatta. It is a good race for most crews because it offers a preview to the Head of the Charles. Participating crews have a chance to improve their racing strategies and learn the weaknesses of the other crews.
This weekend the MIT Heavies will race in Hooksett, N.H., and the following Sunday will be the Head of the Charles.